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Pakistan Faces Tough Choices in Post-US Afghanistan

Afghan uniform police use sticks to eradicate a poppy field near the city of Qalat, Zabul province, Afghanistan, May 4. Photo by 1st Lt. Brian Wagner, cc Flickr ResoluteSupportMedia, modified, https://flickr.com/photos/isafmedia/5688713447/in/photolist-9EK57G-9EG95P-81JFMe-8PLWnK-9EG9jk-82Jn5D-62nTzJ-9EK4Ns-81N9Qq-81MRRf-62jWoe-81K1G6-bs9TR3-62iBDB-62iNDg-bs9TSU-62pbXm-62pdqA-62iAer-81K1f8-62jVre-62nPWE-5ZwCnW-81Na57-5Zsnm8-81MQdf-62iyGR-bF4N7g-7G91jC-81N9io-7ujqo6-7PXF82-5ZsAWx-81MRBm-bF4NeT-62nNAS-81MQTm-81MRi7-p7Sp3M-bF4Ndi-9CZLjW-7G52MV-q4rzxx-5ZwKR3-5BWeE3-d7EtLQ-d7Ev4o-d7EriL-5BWeGu-5GgxxS

President Biden may have ended Washington’s endless war. But for Pakistan, the real struggle might just be beginning.

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UK-France Joint Action Key to Europe’s Relevance in the Indo-Pacific

cc Flickr Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, modifed, https://flickr.com/photos/cne-cna-c6f/50445985603/in/photolist-2jRJS1t-2gaNDEb-2gaNb3X-2gaNbQ5-W9N7dw-Xwvdvt-Xvvbij-WiL529-WiL4dA-XjHjNU-WiL4Jq-SwCif4-VPuAuu-VPuAy7-V8mi23-dwVrUk-dx1VmE-JuBqoc-XstgSh-XgCuuL-XnrNrx-XnrNoX-XstgJG-XwvdGa-WiL4v9-XjHjxy-XehS9u-Xh5Czk-WfMnPP-rdq4fP-RH5CUJ-Q5MEd2-R8N2Pn-2gaNYgu-2gaP4QR-2gaNeQ1-2gaP7cj-2gaNhSi-XnVgji-Y1GY6E-2jMvWDF-2jMMG1f-2kWqQvc-2jXHm7A-G2xWJi-Pno7s8-2kMSFQB-rbgqeC-YfVQu2-rdt4M5

Only through joint action can France and the UK leverage their full strategic weight in the South China Sea dispute.

Markets and Miscalculations: The Emerging US-China Geo-Economic Conflict

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Overreliance on tools like de-listing could do more harm than good to US national security over the long run.

Global Forecast (5-10-2021)

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Inflation data in the United States, Bibi on the ropes in Israel, and signs of renewed violence in Afghanistan.

G7 Reinvents Itself as Democratic Bulwark in London

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The G7’s sprawling new communique portrays the bloc as a democratic bulwark against creeping authoritarianism.

Peru’s Voters Mull a Hard Left Turn

Peru Libre in 2014, cc Roy Cerrón Rojas, modified, wikicommons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Campa%C3%B1a_Per%C3%BA_Libre.JPG

Decades of business-friendly politics may be coming to an abrupt end in Peru.

Inflationary Signs Mount in Post-COVID Economic Normalization

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Are rising prices temporary normalization pains, or a new normal in the making?

India Shows COVID-19 Pandemic Far from Over

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Variants have altered the COVID risk dynamic, and emerging economies are uniquely vulnerable to severe outbreaks. This article highlights some of the most at-risk countries.

London Meetings Hint at Democratic Rebrand of G7

Joe Biden in virtual G7 meeting earlier this year; cc White House, modified, public domain, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:President_Joe_Biden_meets_with_G7_leaders.jpg

One of the world’s least consequential multilateral groupings is getting a democratic makeover as the G7’s first high-level head-to-head meetings in two years take place in London.

An Upset in the Making? Greens Pull Ahead of Merkel’s CDU

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With disaffected CDU voters flocking to the Greens in droves, the September election appears to be wide open.

Global Forecast (5-3-2021)

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Turkish military sets up shop in Iraqi Kurdistan, border clashes break out along Kyrgyzstan-Tajikistan border, and another Belt and Road deal is in the crosshairs in Australia.

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